It’s hard to believe, but almost three years have passed since we started our little blog – and today we’ve reached a milestone: our 100th post! Latitude Adjustment started as a way to document our experiences planning for and moving from Southern California to Boquete, Panama. It’s fun reading that very first post and reflecting on how far we’ve come, and how much we’ve done, in only three years.
As we’ve settled into our expat lives, Latitude Adjustment has evolved to more of a travelogue and less of a “day-to-day living as an expat” blog. The biggest reason is that we’ve stepped up our travel game in the last couple of years, and there’s just so much we want to share about our experiences. Since we’ve moved, we’ve visited many regions in Panama as well as Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Uruguay, and Argentina – and I’m writing this from the Abacos, Bahamas.
If you’re thinking – “Boy, those people must be rich,” or “Darn, I’d like to travel like that, but I can’t” – first, we’re not rich, not by any means. It’s just that, throughout our marriage, we’ve made experiences (rather than owning a huge house and a lot of stuff) our priority. And second, of course you can – it’s easier and safer than you think, and there are many ways to travel on a budget. I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes, by an author named Richard Bode:
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.
As our blog continues to take on more of a travel and adventure focus, we owe a big debt of gratitude to other travel bloggers who have paved the way and given us great inspiration and advice. Here’s a shout out to five of our favorites. If you think we’ve done some traveling, wait until you’ve visited these sites! They’re our travel, blogging, and photography role models:
And to you, our loyal readers, THANK YOU for stopping by, making comments, and following our blog. Stay tuned — there’s so much more to come!!
John and Susan